First Thursday Reception: May 3rd, 6-9pm
The fashion industry has become a major contributor to women’s views of themselves, and the overall expectations of them. Our media-driven society has universally accepted these ideals as a definition of women. Kevin Ellsworth has spent the past 34 years as a commercial photographer working in multiple facets of the fashion industry. This immersion and insider viewpoint has given him a unique opportunity to witness first hand the powerful effect this medium has on our cultural perceptions of beauty and the female form. His work represents a very personal exploration of his own thoughts and experiences around the concepts of beauty and our general cultural depictions of women. Each image in the series represents a visual metaphor and testament to the media’s objectification of women and the illusion of perfection that is impossible to attain.